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Burglar Bill

by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Everything in Burglar Bill’s life is stolen, from the toast, marmalade and coffee he has for breakfast to the bed he sleeps in. One night when he is out burgling, he comes across a box with holes in the lid on a doorstep. He picks it up of course and when he gets home he discovers, to his horror, that he has stolen a baby. He and the baby muddle along together until one night he is disturbed by a burglar – Burglar Betty. She is the mother of Burglar Bill’s baby. Bill and Betty decide to reform and live honest lives; they return all the stolen goods, get married and live happily ever after!



About Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Janet Ahlberg (21 October 1944 – 13 November 1994), née Janet Hall, and Allan Ahlberg (5 June 1938) were a British married couple who created many children's books, including picture books that regularly appear at the top of "most popular" lists. They worked together for 20 years until Janet died of cancer in 1994. Allan wrote the books and Janet illustrated them. Allan Ahlberg has also written dozens of books with other illustrators.  Janet Ahlberg won two Kate Greenaway Medals for illustrating their books and the 1978 winner Each Peach Pear Plum was named one of the top ten winning works for the 50th anniversary of the Medal (1955–2005).

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